LA PAZ (Reuters) – President Evo Morales confronted rising stress to resolve a weeks-long standoff over Bolivia’s disputed election on Saturday after police forces have been seen becoming a member of anti-government protests and the army mentioned it might not “confront the individuals” over the problem.
Folks participate in a protest towards Bolivia’s President Evo Morales in La Paz, Bolivia, November 9, 2019. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Morales’ authorities decried a “coup” towards him by what it known as “violent teams,” prompting numerous fellow leftist leaders within the area to rally round him and name for a peaceable decision to the disaster.
Morales, Latin America’s longest-standing chief, gained an election on Oct. 20, however a delay of practically a day within the vote depend sparked allegations of fraud and led to protests, strikes and highway blocks.
On Friday evening and Saturday, native tv confirmed and Reuters reporters witnessed police in a number of Bolivian cities marching alongside protesters in obvious acts of disobedience and becoming a member of chants repeatedly utilized by the opposition.
Including to the stress on Morales, the Armed Forces mentioned in an announcement on Saturday “that we are going to by no means confront the individuals to whom we now have an obligation and we’ll all the time guarantee peace, coexistence and the event of our homeland.”
“We’re in decisive days and even hours for the future of the nation,” Carlos Mesa, the runner-up within the October vote, informed reporters.
In a tweet within the early hours of Saturday, Morales repeated accusations that the opposition was organizing a coup towards the state. The international ministry launched an announcement saying some law enforcement officials had “deserted their constitutional position of making certain the safety of society and state establishments”.
At a information convention later within the day, Morales known as an pressing assembly with the 4 political events represented in parliament. By Saturday afternoon, a minimum of two opposition events had rejected Morales’ invitation and one had accepted.
The president mentioned he would additionally invite worldwide organizations together with the Vatican, the United Nations and the Group of American States (OAS), which is conducting an audit of the election.
Mesa and Luis Fernando Camacho, a civic chief from the jap metropolis of Santa Cruz who has develop into an emblem of the opposition, reiterated their requires Morales – the nation’s chief since 2006 – to step down.
“What we wish right here is to unite all Bolivians in a single trigger. We would like President Evo Morales to go away,” mentioned Camacho, who plans to guide a march to the federal government palace on Monday with a symbolic resignation letter for the president to signal.
Amid ongoing clashes between pro- and anti-government supporters, the European Union mentioned that “violence should be averted” as it might not assist clear up the disaster.
“The answer can solely be achieved by way of peaceable negotiations, a reputable electoral course of that ensures respect for fashionable will and powerful democratic establishments,” it mentioned in an announcement.
Quite a few left-leaning leaders within the area backed Morales on Saturday, together with Venezuela, Cuba, Mexico and Argentina’s Peronist President-elect Alberto Fernandez.
“For Mexico, democracy is the one manner and changing this course of with pressure and violence means a setback,” that nation’s international ministry mentioned in an announcement. “The Authorities of Mexico urges dialogue, as President Evo Morales has put it.”
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro tweeted: “We denounce earlier than the world the tried coup d’etat in progress towards the brother President Evo Morales.”
Reporting by Daniel Ramos; Extra reporting by Sharay Angulo in Mexico Metropolis; Writing by Cassandra Garrison; Enhancing by Frances Kerry, Andrea Ricci and Sonya Hepinstall